Cottage Pie Recipe: A Classic Recipe That You Will Love

With the winter months strolling in, we need more reasons to wake from our slumbers. What better way to do that than with a cottage pie? Well, we’ve got your back because we know a classic cottage pie recipe that you will love! Winters are for cuddles and comfort, so take a little stroll into your pantry, get the kids involved. Heres a tasteful teaser on how you can fall in love with winter.

Cottage Pie Recipe: A Classic Recipe That You Will Love

Cottage Pie Recipe: A Classic Recipe That You Will Love

If you’re looking for the perfect Cottage Pie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. And if you don’t want to cook it yourself, you can even hire a private chef to do it for you! 

Every good cottage pie recipe comes filled with rich beef and creamy mash that makes your mouth water. It’s one of those winter staples that make the whole family go silent as they delve in, forkfuls steaming away.

With this classic cottage pie recipe, you’re guaranteed to make this a weekly family favorite. this dish is one to turn around even the fussiest eaters without having to break the bank. why not make it your own, check out these funky twists.

Cottage Pie Recipe That You Will Love

Preparation time: 10mins
Cooking time: 40-45mins
Serves: 4

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  • 500g extra-lean minced beef
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, washed, trimmed and diced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mash:

  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 225g carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • A knob of low-fat spread or butter


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan then add the mince. Fry for 6 minutes or until it’s brown all over.
  2. Add the onion and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the stock to the pan as you continue to stir, then add Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree. Season with black pepper. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, removing the lid for the last 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes and carrots in a large pan of salted water for 15 minutes or until both are tender. Drain well then mash with the low-fat spread or butter. Season with black pepper. Cover and set to one side.
  5. Spoon the mince into a large shallow dish, then top with the carrot and potato mash, smoothing the surface. Place under a preheated grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with steamed vegetables.

Cottage Pie Recipe That You Will Love

Another great thing about a cottage pie dish is that it’s not only affordable and tasty, it also copes very well to freeze and reheat later in the week. Just put it back in the oven at 200C/Fan 180/Gas 6 and heat for 25 minutes. So, who’s for seconds? 

If you have enjoyed this recipe you may like to have a look at the Turkish Chicken Shish Recipe – Grilled Chicken Shish or Christmas dinner party ideas. For even more food inspirations check out our Private Chefs Profiles.